Roommates

Most rooms in our dorms are set up as double occupancy, meaning you'll have a roommate! We are committed to placing students with compatible roommates to make your experience at Providence a great one!

It is normal to feel anxious about meeting your new roommate, however, be assured that your Resident Director carefully matches roommates based on the personal preferences you have provided in your application package. We want your stay in dorm to be an amazing experience, giving you opportunity to meet new people and learn more about yourself in the process. Here are a few tips to help your first interactions go smoothly:

  1. Know Yourself
    • Before moving in to dorm, consider what your habits and preferences are. Are you a neat freak, a heavy sleeper, a social butterfly? Perhaps you know you need time to yourself for devotions or you know you need to talk with someone when you’re stressed. Know what you need to be healthy and happy, so that you can speak openly with your roommate about these things. It is your responsibility to ask for what you need, and to voice your expectations.
  2. Know Your Roommate
    • Feel free to ask questions and get to know your roommate as a person. What brought them to Providence? Where are they from? This person probably has many of the same hopes as fears you are feeling. Be sure to ask them what they need or expect in your shared space: do they work best at night or are they a morning person? How tidy is ‘tidy’? Allow your roommate to voice their expectations and needs, just as you have.
  3. Be Ready to Compromise
    • Learning to live with another person requires flexibility and communication (both essential life skills!). Expect that having a roommate will require you to give up some things, while also providing you with some benefits. If you can both talk about what is essential and what can be sacrificed then you can each make accommodations so that everyone is satisfied. Perhaps your roommate likes to listen to music while doing homework but you need absolute silence; as a result of talking this through you may find your roommate is quite willing to use headphones or that you are happy to head to the library when it’s homework time. Open communication and flexibility can solve most roommate struggles.
  4. Access Support
    • If you're having trouble, speak with your RA (Resident Assistant) who is trained to provide this type of support and can help.

Remember that many people are anxious about this transition. Most people also find they have a lot in common with their roommate. They also end up gaining valuable life skills and learning a lot about themselves in the process. Even though you don't know your roommate yet, you can be preparing for your year together by being aware of what you need, what you can give up, and by priming your communication skills.

Room/Roommate Changes

Providence values the resolution of conflict rather than the avoidance of conflict, and the Residence Life staff (RDs and RAs) work to help residence students develop skills to this end. Assistance in communication, mediation, and compromise are considered first steps in roommate conflicts and will be available to students who seek help from Residence Life staff. Some extenuating circumstances may necessitate a change in room assignment, as determined by the Resident Director.